Jedi Warrior: Mind Fitness Based Resilience Training (MFBRT)

“The greatest thing in all education is to make the nervous system our ally, instead of our enemy.” – William James “A man with outward courage dares to die. A man with inward courage dares to live.” – Lao Tzu Our Jedi Warrior, or the Ultimate Warrior Training Program for the U.S. Army Special Forces is the most intensive leadership and mind fitness based resilience training program to be offered in the military in modern times. The program review team at West Point Military Academy described Jedi Warrior as, “The most exquisite orchestration of human technology that we have ever seen.” Two of our advisors, George Leonard and Michael Murphy, founders of Esalen and the Human Potential Movement, described the program as “the most intensive leadership and human development program to be offered in modern times.” The vital lessons learned from this program offer profound insights regarding how to address the current mental health crisis and rising number suicides of men and women returning from combat missions. It also offers a wealth of inspiration and guidance for leaders in any organization who are seeking to develop their capacity to thrive and effectively help others in these complex and turbulent times.

The full story on this program has yet to be fully told and we are the only members of the original design team who were also involved with the program’s full delivery. The senior officer whose inspired leadership brought our program into being, has asked us to consider writing the definitive full story of this historic program. Some day we hope to fulfill his request. We are frequently invited to offer briefings on this program for leaders around the globe who are interested in the profound implications of applying lessons learned to equipping cadres of leaders in other disciplines with the wisdom, resiliency and capacity to accomplish their complex missions. This work clearly has increasing relevance in preparing leaders and communities to resiliently meet the challenges, and embrace the opportunities, of these “VUCA times” (i.e. the Army War College coined the term “VUCA” to describe the modern arena as Volatile, Uncertain, Chaotic, and Ambiguous).

Click here for a glimpse of the data and outcomes from our Jedi Warrior Training Program

The Real Story Behind the U.S. Army’s Jedi Warrior Program:

Advanced Mind Fitness Training and the Special Forces of the Mind

Notes prepared by: Dr. Joel & Michelle Levey, Program Co-designers and Directors of Advanced Biocybernaut Training

In 1982 we were approached by high level officers in the US. Army to design and direct the “Ultimate Warrior Training Program”, AKA “The Jedi Warrior Program,” a then secret program for two A Teams of elite Special Force troops. This six month-long, full-time program came about through the efforts of a number of concerned and high-ranking officers who were inspired by the vision of the First Earth Battalion, compelled by the psi/ESPinage research taking place in China and behind the Iron Curtain, and by increasing interest in the advanced mental development possibilities. These leaders also lived with the grief of knowing how much unnecessary suffering took place during and following the war in South East Asia, and wanted to find ways to reduce the likelihood of that happening in the future.

These visionary and compassionate leaders understood that because their people were unprepared to stop the war inside themselves, under pressure the seeds of violence within them manifested as the outer violence that destroyed many innocent people, including their families and themselves. We were told that more than twice as many people committed suicide after returning home than died in combat, and that they lived with the grief of that knowledge on a daily basis. These courageous military leaders approached us with a hope and confidence that we would be able to help design a state of the art, advanced leadership and human development program for their elite Special Forces soldiers.

The stakes were very high. We* were asked to work with two highly strategic elite teams, whose mission had the potential to either trigger or avert World War III. Our mission was to design and deliver a full-time intensive and holistic program to equip these two A Teams of Special Forces Troops with the personal, team, and mission capabilities necessary to recognize and reduce the conflict/war within themselves so they could perform at peak levels in the midst of extreme danger and distress – such as working behind enemy lines for prolonged periods of time.

Prior to submitting our proposal, we went through considerable soul searching. We consulted many of our mentors and advisors, and contemplated the potential implications, both positive and negative of participating in designing and implementing such a program in advance human technology and mental development. During this same period, Trident submarine was coming into Puget Sound for the first time. As we pondered this RFP from the Army we realized that if we had six months to train the crew of a nuclear submarine that we would feel that the world was a safer place. It became clear that the benefits to the men and to the globe were potentially extreme. We assembled our team, created and submitted our proposal for a six-month full time training program. We received an almost immediate reply from leaders at West Point Military Academy who evaluated our proposal and stated that our proposal represented “the most exquisite orchestration of human technology we had ever seen!” Their response was heartening.

In preparation for the program we engaged dozens of our mentors to ask for their council and advice. Our primary question for them was:

“If you had the opportunity to work intensively for six months with men who were in a position to start or stop the next world war, what would you do and what would be most essential to teach them?”

Our advisors and collaborators ranged from Vietnam veterans and respected military leaders, to leading martial artists, noted researchers like Elmer Green from the Menninger Foundation, Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, and Nobel Peace Laureate, His Holiness the Dalai Lama. By the time the program began, we had woven the best of our own experience with the insights of many others to deliver what Michael Murphy, founder of the Esalen Institute, and Esquire editor George Leonard, once called, “the most intensive leadership and human development program to be offered in modern times.”

For this pioneering project we designed an extensive lab of state-of-the art technology to teach the men mastery of their minds and bodies. It was vital that our soldiers learned skills for recognizing and transforming their inner demons into inner allies. Our advanced Biocybernaut training combined technologies of biofeedback, neurofeedback, cyberphysiology, and contemplative inner methods of mastery drawn from the vast array of contemplative science traditions. In our lab the soldiers developed the skill and confidence necessary to sense and control many previously unconscious physiological functions: they learned to recognize and control muscle tension, to control blood circulation in order to keep their hands warm in cold environments, manage the intensity and physiology of their responses to stress. For many visiting dignitaries to the base, our Jedi Biocybernaut Lab became a first stop on the tour of the base, where they learned that it was actually possible to recognize and control the level of their blood pressure. Our lab included the world’s first multiple-synchrony brainwave feedback system, which we helped to design, in order to teach up to sixteen people at a time to “synchronize” their brain waves in order to move toward a team resonance and flow state of deep attunement to each other’s inner state of being in order to gain access to greater collective wisdom and intelligence of the team.

Our goal with all of this modern and ancient technology was to build the soldiers’ skills and confidence that they could indeed recognize, understand, and influence/control their mental, emotional, and physiological experience, and that they could strengthen the mindful clarity they’d need to choose the wisest path of action even in the midst of the “VUCA” conditions of the modern battlefield. (Note: VUCA is a military term referring to operations in Volatile, Uncertain, Chaotic, and Ambiguous conditions. Our training helped equip our men with the skills necessary to bring a deeper Vision, Understanding, Clarity, and Agility forward to meet the challenges of their VUCA mission environments.)

For men who were outwardly fearless and willing to give their lives for their country, the most terrifying part of our training was a month-long silent mindfulness style meditation training retreat, called, “The Encampment.” This was a time of intensive mental fitness and martial arts training where they learned skills for looking deeply into their own minds and bodies in order to recognize, befriend and transform their “inner enemies”, to resolve inner conflicts, tap inner strengths, and realize potentials that could influence and improve their outer effectiveness. They deepened their insight into how these “internal enemies” could ultimately cost them their lives if they were deployed on their mission. Our teams discovered and learned how to tap reservoirs of inner strength they never dreamed existed. Following this month of intensive mindfulness and meditation training the men were parachuted at night into a four-day ordeal called “the gut check” – a field simulation in very rugged terrain with a series of tests and check-points that needed to be passed on a strict timeline or the men would not have food or water for the next leg of the test. Our two teams were the first in history to muster both the individual and team strengths necessary to successfully complete this extremely arduous mission simulation.

The “integral nature” of the Jedi Warrior training design provided an exquisite blend of methods for developing the wholeness and extra-ordinary capabilities of our soldiers. Ours was also the first program for the Special Forces to openly address issues regarding death, dying and grieving. We introduced highly sophisticated methods of physical and team training that were a step beyond the somewhat archaic practices that were the norm in their physical training. Our men learned to make wiser choices in diet to promote higher levels of performance. Jedi Warrior training enabled our soldiers to develop extraordinary skills for self-mastery, self-regulation, and resilience. They learned skills for high-performance sleep, deep relaxation, energy healing, and how to find an inner state of calm intensity in which they could focus their minds for self -healing or to maintain states of clear alertness for long periods of time. They trained intensively in the martial art of Aikido, a martial art form that emphasizes cultivating a greater sensitivity to energy flow and force while creatively transforming the energy of inner and outer conflict. We applied these learnings to enhancing the mission skills and technical capabilities essential to their success, such as working with code, emergency medical work, and other vital skills necessary for their work. We also worked closely with the soldiers’ families and significant others to help integrate these insights and learnings into their home life and relationships.

In addition to the outcomes summarized below, some of the most notable impacts of our work were evident in an enhanced quality of communication and relationship with their families. Many wives and children of the men thanked us because their spouse/father came home and talked to them and openly shared his feelings and fears. Some commented that their husband/father seemed more in control of his emotions and was able to talk through difficulties without getting physically abusive. One team was selected as the most outstanding team in the NATO Games that year. Many of these men went on to train others in these inner arts, while others were recruited by Delta Force and other special units in the Service. Others taught at the War College or were decorated for their special roles in operations in Somalia, the Gulf War, and Eastern Europe.

Over the years we have heard from many of the men that what they learned has saved their lives, their missions, their teams, and their families from many difficult situations. Reports over time indicate that the program had a profound effect on the lives of those who participated in it, opening a vast horizon of new possibilities for personal and professional development. The benefits of this investment in these people’s lives continue to this day.

Special Forces at Work: Organizational Warrior Training

The methods distilled through our work with the Jedi Warrior project have inspired and informed the design of hundreds of programs we have designed and delivered to help leaders and organizations around the globe develop greater capacity to thrive in these complex times.

Jedi Warrior provided an organizational learning laboratory that has great relevance for leaders in complex, high-stakes systems who seek wisdom, resilience, mindful presence, collective creative intelligence, fierce compassion, and courage. With practice, the Jedi Warrior core disciplines allow insight and intuition to deepen, courage and confidence to grow, health and performance to improve, and innovation to be guided by a wisdom congruent with the pressing needs of the times.

When our colleagues in other organizations hear about the work we did with the Army Special Forces, they often respond by saying, “We need a Jedi Warrior or ‘ultimate warrior’ training program for the people in our organization! We work on an organizational battlefield with every growing levels of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity and need to develop greater skills to increase our personal and collective resilience, wisdom, creativity, and strength.” In response to these requests we have designed and delivered a variety of programs incorporating methods from the Jedi Warrior program for over 100 corporate clients around the globe with inspiring and enduring results.

*The original design for this program was created by us (Joel & Michelle Levey) and Bud Cook. At a later stage we brought in Jack Cirie (team leader) and later still Richard Strozzi Heckler (aikido teacher) as members of our core delivery team. Jedi Warrior was inspired by the vision of Lt. Col. Jim Channon’s inspired work with in creating Evolutionary Tactics: A Manual for First Earth Battalion. A host of remarkable advisers, researchers, and visiting trainers — ranging from Michael Murphy and George Leonard, various esteemed martial artists, and Ram Das and the Dalai Lama — or participated in this program, and each brought great wisdom, expertise, and inspiration to this historic training.

Contact us to arrange a special briefing on how this advanced Mind Fitness and Resilience Training program can be customized to bring advanced human performance technologies training to the people of your organization and to expand their capacity to fulfill their missions and realize their highest aspirations

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Compelling Insights and Data

Distilled from

Wisdom at Work Programs

For

U.S. Army Special Forces,

Google, Hewlett Packard, Intuit,

Group Health Cooperative (HMO),

Decurion, Intel, Boeing, and Travelers Insurance

Dr. Joel & Michelle Levey

WisdomAtWork.com

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The data that follows is drawn from our work with

the U.S. Army Special Forces, Boeing, Intuit, Decurion

Hewlett Packard, Travelers Insurance, Group Health

Cooperative of Puget Sound and M.D. Anderson Cancer

Research Center.

This offers an overview of inspiring and enduring results

that have come from a courageous and uniquely integral

approach to extraordinary leadership

and organizational development.

Similar results have been achieved in our work with

hundreds of other leading organizations around the globe.

Contact us to explore the potentials

for your people and organization:

206.632.3551 Levey@WisdomAtWork.com

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“There is an important link between deep change

at the personal level and deep change at the

organizational level. To make deep personal

change is to develop a new paradigm, a new

self, one that is more effectively aligned

with today’s realities.”

Robert Quinn in Deep Change

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“The Leveys offer us a path to finding clarity amidst confusion, calm

amidst intensity, and a joyful confidence amidst the uncertainty of

our modern lives. They offer core competencies for increasing our

capacity to work with increasing intensity and complexity in our

wired world (or the world of modern business.) Joel and Michelle

offers solutions that can grow with us as our lives

continue to change.”

— Jim Channon (Lt. Colonel, U.S. Army, retired)

Visionary founder of the First Earth Battalion, Fellow of the World

Business Academy, Author of Evolutionary Tactics: A Manual for

the First Earth Battalion

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“Joel and Michelle bring a profound sense of caring to their work

along with their deep knowledge and understanding of the human

heart and mind, and decades of experience in helping to transform

leaders and organizations from conditions of imbalance and stress

to healthy, happy, integrated and whole entities.

In my role as a senior organization development practitioner with a

major Fortune 500 company, they helped us define an integral

model of change leadership. I had never met anyone like them in

my life. I was delighted to know that there are people like them,

these masters at translating perennial wisdom into practical

everyday principles and practices.

I have had many conversations over the years with them on a variety

of organizational and leadership topics and have always come

away with a special and enduring insight. And on top of all that,

they are just a whole lot of fun to work with. I wholeheartedly

recommend them and their wisdom at work.”

— Bill Hefferman, Senior Organization Development Leader at Intel

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Special Forces at Work

The slides and data that follow are offered to help you to better understand the

most meaningful and measurable benefits of our integral approach to

developing the extra-ordinary potentials of leaders, teams, and organizations

interested in:

 Rethinking/Reconfiguring Health Care From the Inside Out

 Change Resilience & Sustainability

 High Performance Leadership in VUCA Times

 Mind-Fitness & ExtraOrdinary Performance

 Sustained Effectiveness & Learning

 Tapping Collective Wisdom & Intelligence for Breakthroughs in Innovation

 Developing & Leading Healthy High Performing Teams & Organizations

 Integral Organizational Sustainability Solutions

.

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Enduring Results

HP, Group Health HMO, Travelers Insurance

Independent Research from Dr. Richard Wagner

University of Wisconsin, School of Management

 “The post-test measurements we took are like nothing we've

seen in looking at over 20,000 change program participants.

Nearly every one of the 17 measures went up in statistically

significant ways. !

 What's even more impressive is that these measures remain as

high or higher, even after six months. We are especially impressed

by the significant improvement on the factors of Risk Taking and

Locus of Control ("I control my own success at work").!

 In our database, these measures have never before shown any

change in post-program surveys for the change projects at many

large organizations.”

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The Power of an Integral Approach:

Measures of Team & Personal Performance

University of Wisconsin research demonstrated similar

& consistent results from InnerWork Technologies, Inc.

programs at:

• Travelers Insurance

• Group Health of Puget Sound

Follow-up studies showed sustained and often

increasing improvements over time even when teams

and organizations went through major challenges and

reorganizations.

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Hewlett Packard

Measures of Success

(Note: Small p-value = greater significance)

MEASURE p-Value

Working as high performing team .001

Team cohesiveness .000

Trust in peers .016

Clarity of vision of work setting .002

Sense of bonding with team .023

Feedback received .000

Interpersonal communications .000

Honesty level .002

Support given and received .000

Task effectiveness .012

Effort exerted on the job .010

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Hewlett Packard

Measures of Success

(Note: Small p-value = greater significance)

MEASURE p value*

Job satisfaction .048

Fun at work .000

Sense of empowerment .000

Mastery of stress .019

Shift in locus of control .073

Mental fitness .017

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“And in all of my

experience,

I’ve never seen

lasting solutions

to problems,

lasting happiness

and success,

that came from

the outside in.”

Stephen Covey

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“I've rarely seen such overwhelmingly

positive evaluations in the seven years

I've been here.”

Janis Apted, M.L.S.

Executive Director, Faculty Development

University of Texas, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

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Google

We were honored to be invited to design and facilitate Google’s

Mindfulness and Meditation Laboratory – an intensive personal

mastery training program that was offered to Googlers in 24

locations around the globe.

The data collected indicates that,

100% Strongly Agree or Agree for all survey questions* that

“I recommend this training to others

 Overall, I found this training to be worthwhile.

 I'll be able to apply what I've learned here to my work.

* Nearly all of the ratings were “Strongly Agree”

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M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center

Program Evaluation: Physicians, Faculty, Senior Leaders

100% Strongly Agree or Agree for all survey questions* that

Facilitators were:

Knowledgeable about the subject matter.

Well organized.

Communicated material in an understandable manner.

Overall, the program was:

Effective.

Provided me with valuable knowledge

Provided me with needed skills

* Nearly all of the ratings were “Strongly Agree”

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M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center

What did you like most about this program?

The authentic skills and experience of the facilitators, and the openness/

engagement of the other participants

Expertise of leaders

The Leveys’ openness to both “hard” and “soft” science

The opportunity to experience this program with a group of colleagues/other

people.Hearing other people’s thoughts. I found it engaging from start to finish.

I would like to see all faculty/employees) participate in this program

The ability to understand and discuss such deep, thoughtful topics at work.

It was too short.

Centering, thought provoking.

Wonderful sharing of feelings and ideas.

The Mindfulness exercises

The examples, the techniques

Practical tips for refocusing throughout the day that only take seconds

Mindfulness tools

A chance to step back and reflect. This will improve my productivity.

The guided interaction with others

The group, the facilitators and how so many wonderful things came out

The conversations

The various exercises – I really enjoyed learning how to focus and reflect deeply

and effectively

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Decurion

The following affirming data on the value of our programs was collected following

a three day intensive leadership development program for 50 leaders at Decurion, a

leading property management and movie theatre company based in Beverley Hills,

California.

Of those surveyed, 100% agreed that they “found much personal value and

inspiration” in this session. Nearly 100% agreed (while some some were neutral,

and no one disagreed) that as a result of participating in this intensive leadership

develop program offered by Dr. Joel & Michelle Levey, that:

I have been more aware of choices I make that affect my performance.

My participation in the June DBL with the Leveys had helped me to become a

better, more effective leader.

Interacting and learning with co-workers at the June DBL with the Leveys has

enhanced relationships back at work.

I have made positive, health enhancing lifestyle choices.

I have greater clarity regarding my personal values and priorities

I am more mindful of what is true for me in different situations.

I have a greater ability to focus my mind.

I have increased my skills for recognizing and mastering stress.

I have a greater interest/passion for learning more and developing my full potential.

I am more effective in my communication with others.

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Decurion (page 2)

I am a better listener.

I am better equipped to work creatively with conflict.

 I have learned skills and strategies that help me to live more in balance.

I have a greater ability to manage my emotions.

I have a greater ability to recognize and release tension.

I am more likely to notice and respond to the “whispers” stress and less likely

to wait for the “screams”.

I believe I have increased my Emotional Intelligence.

I have improved my interpersonal and social skills.

I am more empathetic toward others in my life and work.

Others at work have noticed positive changes in me.

I feel more empowered and in control of my life.

I am more accountable and focus more on what I “can do.”

I am more self-directed and self motivated.

I have had the clarity necessary to make some tough decisions that I feel good

about to improve the quality of my life and work.

I am more aware when my team or I are approaching the “danger zones” of

burn out or rust out.

I am better able to manage and optimize my energy to work closer to “the

zone.”

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“Here is the very heart and soul

of the matter of leadership:

If you seek to lead,

invest 50% of your time

(attention) leading yourself,

your own purpose, ethics,

principles, motivation, conduct.

Dee Hock,

founder and CEO Emeritus

Visa International

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Qualitative Results from Intuit’s

Leaders New Work Program

% Percent Agree / Strongly Agree

94% “Participation helped me become a more effective leader.”

84% “More aware of when my team or I approach the “danger

zone”, burn out or rust out.”

90% “Developed skills for recognizing and mastering stress.”

100% “More aware of choices that I make that affect my

performance.”

97% “Relating and learning with coworkers at LNW has enhanced

relationships back at work.”

87% “More accountable and focus more on what I ‘can do’.”

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Qualitative Results from Intuit’s

Leaders New Work Program

% Percent Agree / Strongly Agree

97% “Learned strategies that help me to live more in balance.”

87% “More self directed and self motivated.”

87% “More likely to notice and respond to ‘whispers’, less likely

to wait for ‘screams’.”

70% “Others notice positive changes in me at work.”

84% “Others notice positive changes in me outside of work.”

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Employee feedback related to two major events

  1. Peak Season Performance

Turbo Tax Support Organization:

 Substantially higher volume than previous years

 More technically challenging product and environment

 Higher performance standards

Results:

 The tax organization had its best support year ever

 Surpassed the majority of its goals

 Reported a greater sense of organizational and team unity

 Reported substantially less stress during the season

Qualitative Results from The

Leaders New Work at Intuit

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Employee feedback related to two major events

  1. Corporate Reorganization

Organizations that participated in the Leaders New Work

program reported and demonstrated:

 Significantly less stress than the organizations that did not

participate

 A more positive, forward looking attitude toward the change

 Willingness to facilitate the change

Qualitative Results From

The Leaders New Work at Intuit

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Year 1

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Revenue

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Expenses

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Quantitative Performance Results from

the CS2000 Program

All of Customer Support

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FY ‘00 FY ‘01

Expenses

Q1 - Q3 Q4

7%

Over

Plan

5.6%

Under

Plan

Q1

1.9%

Under

Plan

Efficiency Comparison FY ‘00 to FY ‘01

40% Faster Response

12.6% Increase in Agent Efficiency

Quantitative Performance Results from the

CS2000 Program

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One Team’s Example

Revenue/Call

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4

%

Increase

Q Total

1.47

4.28

3.25

2.15 46%

51%

32% 191%

Revenue/Call

Revenue/Call

Revenue/Call

46%

121%

Quantitative Performance Results from the

CS2000 Program

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Teach Them Courage:

Insights for Leaders from the U.S. Army’s

Jedi Warrior Training Program ( aka ~ “Ultimate Warrior Training Program” )

for the US Army Special Forces

Dr. Joel & Michelle Levey

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Pegasus Systems Thinking in Action ~ Seattle 2009

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Jedi Warriors in a “VUCA World”

Vision

Understanding

Clarity

Agility

Volatility

Uncertainty

Complexity

Ambiguity

Affirming our individual and collective capacity to meet

the challenges and opportunities of these times

in Life-Affirming-Ways!

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Jedi Warrior Mandate:

The Special Forces’ Trojan Warrior -

(Jedi Warrior) program was initiated

as an experimental training program

designed to enhance individual

soldier and team abilities. The

program was based on a wholistic

approach to training, and training

trainers, and was mandated…

“to make full use of Emergent

Human Technologies to enhance

physiological and psychological

awareness and control in Special

Forces Detachment members.”

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Military Environment (1)

The modern battlefield has become exceedingly

complex and extremely demanding of the individual

soldier’s ability to adapt, respond, and recover.

Training methodologies that focus only on limited

aspects of the human potential will create a limited

soldier who must face a battlefield of unlimited dangers.

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Military Environment (2)

The concepts, methods, and

material technology needed to train

for optimal human performance are

available and have now been clearly

validated as effective and applicable

to the military.

Our military forces will stay on the

leading edge of modern warriorship

by continuing to develop soldiers

who can think clearly, who can act

decisively and who can optimize

their physical efforts by drawing

upon substantial reserves of

psychophysical and emotional

energies.

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“The Jedi Warrior Training program is the

most exquisite orchestration of human

technology that we have ever seen.”

- West Point Logisticians who reviewed the

program

“Jedi Warrior was the most extensive and

advanced leadership development

program to be offered in modern times.”

-- Michael Murphy, co-founder of the

Esalen Institute and George Leonard, author

Mastery, editor Esquire

“I have never seen a human development

program of this scope or magnitude!”

-National Academy of Science

Program Investigator

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The Leveys’ Jedi Warrior training program for

the U.S. Army Special Forces was the most

intensive Mind-Body-Spirit development

program to be offered to the military

in modern times!

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Primary Tenet of Jedi Warrior

“Increased awareness of the mind-body-emotion

relationship leads to greater control over every

area of performance, and greater control leads to

more appropriate, powerful, and skillful action--

all of which promote winning and survival on the

battlefield.”

Awareness Control

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Mission Enhancements

• Mission Effectiveness 49%

• Ability to remain alert and motionless 70%

• Ability to extend sensory awareness 72%

• Ability to quickly relax and rest 120%

• Control of circulation and temperature 87%

• Personal Energy Management 120%

• Ability to optimize physical abilities 92%

Percent Increase

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Mission Enhancements

• Confidence in using holistic methods 50%

• Acceptance of other cultures 45%

• Reduction of effects of shock/trauma 30%

• Confidence in own leadership abilities 50%

Percent Increase

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Mental Enhancements

• Mental development (summary) 88%

• Ability to manage stress 92%

• Ability to work with visualization/

mental rehearsal 84%

• Clarity with regards to personal values 83%

• Familiarity and use of holistic methods 98%

• Access to extraordinary states of awareness 82%

Percent Increase

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Mental Enhancements

» Percent Increase

• Access to extraordinary perceptual abilities 201%

• Confidence in ability to control mindbody 25%

• Ability to learn and integrate new ideas 109%

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Physical Enhancements

• Physical enhancements (summary) 109%

• Ability to manage energy 86%

• Understanding of the effects of diet/

nutrition on performance 174%

• Ability to control pain & promote healing 47%

• Ability to fine-tune physical performance 127%

Percent Increase

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Team Enhancements

• Team Cohesion 40%

• Sense of confidence/bonding with team 30%

• Ability to blend effectively with team 43%

Percent Increase

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Advanced Human Performance Technology

The successful completion of the Trojan Warrior

(Jedi Warrior) program has placed the Army in the

forefront of human performance technology

development. By validating, in a controlled,

measured manner, the holistic approach of mind,

body, team training, the Army has demonstrated

its commitment to providing soldiers with the very

best training that is available.

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Special Forces at Work in…

 World Bank

 NASA

 Boeing

 Intel

 Pratt-Whitney Rocketdyne

 Hewlett Packard

 Intuit

 M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center

… and hundreds of other leading organizations that we have worked with

around the globe applying some of the principles and protocols distilled in our

U.S. Army’s Special Forces program.

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CONFIDENCE

TRUST

Doubt

Mistrust

ENERGY

PASSION

Lethargy

Depression

Inertia

FOCUS

DISCIPLINE

Distraction

Lack of Discipline

Reactivity

ATTENTION

MINDFULNESS

CHOICE

Mindless Habit

Inattention

INSIGHT-RESULTS

UNDERSTANDING

Confusion

Ignorance

Five Mental Fitness Powers

EXCELLENT

OUTCOMES

Poor Outcomes

Resilience!

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INDIVIDUAL

“I”

COLLECTIVE

“We”

SUBJECTIVE

“Inner”

OBJECTIVE

“Outer”

(Measurable & Observable)

Wisdom at Work:

Integral Approach

to Personal, Team,

& Organizational

Development Capacity of Self

(Quality of

Presence,

Attention, Health,

Motivation, Focus,

Thinking, Wisdom, etc.)

Capacity for

Personal

Performance

Capacity of Culture

For Collective

Intelligence, Reflection,

Design, & Planning

Capacity

of Workforce

For Alignment

& Collaboration At Work

Joel & Michelle Levey

WisdomAtWork.com

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Physician as

Reflective Learner

Deep Thinker

Attentive, Intuitive

Creative and

Compassionate Being

Physician as

Team Member

Culture Steward

Co-Creator

-

Physician as

Role Model

Caring Presence

Deep Listener

& Communicator

Physician as

Engaged Partner

Working With Others

to Support

Collective Success

INDIVIDUAL

“I”

COLLECTIVE

“We”

SUBJECTIVE

“Inner”

OBJECTIVE

“Outer”

(Measurable & Observable)

Integral View

of Leadership

Roles at Work

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CONFIDENCE

TRUST

Doubt

Mistrust

ENERGY

PASSION

Lethargy

Depression

Inertial

FOCUS

DISCIPLINE

Distraction

Lack of Discipline

Reactivity

ATTENTION

MINDFULNESS

CHOICE

Mindless Habit

Inattention

INSIGHT-RESULTS

UNDERSTANDING

Confusion

Ignorance

Five Mental Fitness Factors

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Quality of

Relationships

MindBody

Harmony

Mindful Presence

Attention

Health

Vitality

Peace

Power

Insight

Intuition

Ethics

Creativity

Compassion

Effectiveness

E Wisdom

At

Work

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Wisdom

at

Work

Increasing the

capacity of people

to be more fully

present/attentive

Enhancing

awareness of

options &

possibilities

Making wiser

decisions based on

a deeper insight

Improving

resilience,

success, and

business results

Business Case for Developing Wisdom at Work

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Great prospects…

“You are presently engaged in work that has

great prospects for bringing the inner sciences

and technologies of human development and

transformation to a very wide section of people

who may not under ordinary circumstances

come into contact with these teachings.”

Nobel Laureate Dalai Lama (an advisor to the Leveys for

the Army Special Forces program and other projects)

praising the Leveys' work.

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WHAT IF…

… your were to take an integral approach

to leadership, team, and organizational

development that seamlessly blended inner

and outer, personal and organizational

development. (Note: An estimated 85% of

organizational change efforts fall short of

their goals, largely because they don’t take

a truly integral approach to change.)

Questions excerpted from Levey & Levey, et al. Corporate Culture & Organizational Health,

Report for the Institute for Health & Productivity Measurement

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WHAT IF…

...the astronomical amounts of

unnecessary problems and rework

generated at great expense each day

due to mindless inattention could be

significantly reduced?

Questions excerpted from Levey & Levey, et al. Corporate Culture & Organizational Health,

Report for the Institute for Health & Productivity Measurement

Dr. Joel & Michelle Levey WisdomAtWork.com Levey@WisdomAtWork.com

WHAT IF…

…your people were equipped with the

personal resilience, interpersonal skills,

& organizational human factors support

necessary to quickly, effectively, and

resiliently adapt to change?

Questions excerpted from Levey & Levey, et al. Corporate Culture & Organizational Health,

Report for the Institute for Health & Productivity Measurement

Dr. Joel & Michelle Levey WisdomAtWork.com Levey@WisdomAtWork.com

WHAT IF…

…your organization were Human

Factors savvy enough to reclaim up to

30% more time from your employees --

(by preventing lost time & productivity

that would be lost if you had a “toxic

organizational culture”)?

Questions excerpted from Levey & Levey, et al. Corporate Culture & Organizational Health,

Report for the Institute for Health & Productivity Measurement

Dr. Joel & Michelle Levey WisdomAtWork.com Levey@WisdomAtWork.com

WHAT IF…

…the 60-95% of preventable stressrelated illnesses of employees and their

families could be significantly reduced,

lowering health care costs to business

and increasing the vitality, effectiveness

and productivity of people at work?

Questions excerpted from Levey & Levey, et al. Corporate Culture & Organizational Health,

Report for the Institute for Health & Productivity Measurement

Dr. Joel & Michelle Levey WisdomAtWork.com Levey@WisdomAtWork.com

WHAT IF…

...organizations invested in bringing the

estimated 80% of employees not

presently working at their full potential

closer to realizing that potential?

Questions excerpted from Levey & Levey, et al. Corporate Culture & Organizational Health,

Report for the Institute for Health & Productivity Measurement

Dr. Joel & Michelle Levey WisdomAtWork.com Levey@WisdomAtWork.com

WHAT IF…

...leaders, teams, and individuals were

rewarded and held accountable for

living and working with a deeper

wisdom of wellness necessary for

change resilience, sustained

organizational and business success?

Questions excerpted from Levey & Levey, et al. Corporate Culture & Organizational Health,

Report for the Institute for Health & Productivity Measurement

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WHAT IF…

…your organizational leaders, practices,

and culture consistently demonstrated a

commitment to your people and

rewarded, trained, and encouraged

them to bring their highest potentials to

work for your business success?

Questions excerpted from Levey & Levey, et al. Corporate Culture & Organizational Health,

Report for the Institute for Health & Productivity Measurement

Dr. Joel & Michelle Levey WisdomAtWork.com Levey@WisdomAtWork.com

WHAT IF…

...people in your organization really

understood that developing healthy,

change resilient, high performing people

and culture is about on-going culture

and relationship development and

personal discipline--not just about

workshops or training events?

Questions excerpted from Levey & Levey, et al. Corporate Culture & Organizational Health,

Report for the Institute for Health & Productivity Measurement

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WHAT IF…

...you started thinking about business

success in terms of a more long-term,

whole systems and wellness based view

that accounted for the impacts of

business decisions, services, and

products on all stakeholders?

Questions excerpted from Levey & Levey, et al. Corporate Culture & Organizational Health,

Report for the Institute for Health & Productivity Measurement

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“Nothing happens

without

personal transformation!”

W. Edwards Deming

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Joel & Michelle Levey’s pioneering work has inspired thousands of people in

hundreds of leading organiza4ons around the globe including: Google, NASA, World

Bank, Intel, Qualcomm, M.I.T., Stanford Ins4tute’s V.A.L.S. Program, M.D. Anderson

Cancer Research Center, and Clinton Global Ini4a4ve. They chaired the Center for

Corporate Culture and Organiza4onal Health at the Ins4tute of Health & Produc4vity

Management.

Their acclaimed Jedi Warrior (aka Ul4mate Warrior) program for the U.S. Army Special

Forces was described by West Point leaders as, “the most exquisite orchestra4on of

human technology we have ever seen,” and by others as, “the most intensive leadership

and human development program to be offered in modern 4mes.”

Joel & Michelle serve as clinical faculty at the University of Minnesota Medical School

and Bastyr University, graduate faculty at Mahidol University in Thailand and Indian

Ins4tute of Management (Ahmedabad), and faculty for the World Business Academy.

They also served as Co-Chairs for the West Hawaii Workplace Wellness Task Force, a

project of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Office of Public Health Studies, John A.

Burns School of Medicine

Their published works include: Wisdom at Work; Living in Balance; Luminous Mind;

Quality of Mind; The Focused Mindstate, The New Bo?om Line, Community Building in

Business, Learning OrganizaDons, and IntuiDon at Work.

To learn more, visit: WisdomAtWork.com

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For more information contact:

Dr. Joel & Michelle Levey

Wisdom at Work

WisdomAtWork.com

Seattle: 206.632.3551

Hawaii: 808.889.0056

Levey@WisdomAtWork.com

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